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Right in the heart of the Principality, on the Rocher, a first-class school has been welcoming Monaco’s pupils for more than a hundred years.

Established by Prince Albert I to offer the Principality’s young people a secular education, the Lycée de Monaco was founded on the Rocher in 1910, in the premises of a former convent opposite the Oceanographic Museum.

Initially for boys only, it was opened up to girls in 1918 and has undergone many expansions and modernisations over the course of more than a hundred years.

Lessons are taught by around 100 teachers, most of whom are French and come from the French national education system. Renamed Lycée Albert I in 1960 by Prince Rainier III, in memory of its founder, the school offers a general education as well as courses leading to vocational further education (BTS) qualifications.

Today, it has approximately 750 pupils. In addition to Prince Albert II, well-known former pupils include figures as diverse as the singer Léo Ferré, former French minister and IMF Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn, and Formula 1 driver Charles Leclerc.

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